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Hey wanderlust-filled friends! Today, we’re venturing off the beaten path in Delhi to explore a hidden gem – the India Habitat Centre (IHC) at Lodhi Road. But wait, hold your horses! This isn’t just your average sightseeing stop. This interactive blog will transport you right into the IHC’s vibrant atmosphere, letting you experience its cultural tapestry through my eyes. Are you ready? Let’s dive in!

What is the India Habitat Centre?

The India Habitat Centre or IHC was founded in 1987 with the vision of creating a space for dialogue and understanding between different cultures. Today, it is a leading institution for promoting art, literature, music, cinema, and other forms of creative expression. The IHC also hosts a variety of conferences, seminars, and workshops on a wide range of topics.

Why Visit the India Habitat Centre?

There are many reasons to visit the India Habitat Centre, including:

  • Explore the diverse cultural offerings: The IHC hosts a year-round calendar of events, including art exhibitions, film screenings, theater productions, and music concerts. There is something for everyone to enjoy.
  • Learn from renowned speakers and experts: The IHC regularly hosts lectures, talks, and workshops by leading thinkers and practitioners from around the world.
  • Relax and unwind in the beautiful surroundings: The IHC campus is a haven of peace and tranquility, with lush gardens, reflecting pools, and open-air spaces.
  • Enjoy delicious food and drinks: The IHC has a variety of restaurants and cafes serving cuisines from around the world.
  • Shop for unique souvenirs: The IHC Craft Bazaar is a great place to find handmade crafts, textiles, and other souvenirs.

Planning Your Visit to the India Habitat Centre

The India Habitat Centre is open to the public from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM every day. Entry is free, but some events may have a ticketed entry.

Nearest Metro Station is Khan Market. It’s a six-minute car or auto ride, and almost a 25-minute walk on a pleasant day.

Here are some tips for planning your visit:

  • Browse the IHC website or app to see what events are happening during your visit.
  • Plan your transportation in advance, as parking can be limited.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking to be done on the campus.
  • Bring a water bottle and sunscreen, especially if you are visiting during the summer months.

Why the IHC Should Be on Your Delhi Itinerary:

Whether you’re an art aficionado, a history buff, or simply seeking a unique cultural experience, the India Habitat Centre has something for everyone. It’s a place to stimulate your mind, tantalize your taste buds, and connect with the soul of India.

So, on your next Delhi adventure, don’t miss out on this hidden gem; it’s sure to leave you with lasting memories!

Restaurants you should try at Indian Habitat Centre

  1. Habitat Hub – Shakes, smoothies, pancakes, hot dogs, Mexican food and a fully equipped bar; what more can we ask for.
  2. Mediterranean Restaurant – Mediterranean and Pan Asian dishes
  3. EAST Panian – East and Southeast, such as Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Malay and more.
  4. अन्न – Pan-Indian cuisine, both in the ‘a la carte’ menu and the buffet

Explore other restaurants which are available at IHC


As I leave the IHC’s serene embrace, I carry a renewed appreciation for Delhi’s vibrant tapestry. This haven isn’t just a cultural hub; it’s a testament to the power of community and shared experiences. If you seek an escape that nourishes your mind, heart, and soul, the India Habitat Centre is your Delhi must-visit.


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